Brushing teeth is something I am constantly struggling with with Miss A. She was fine when she was younger, but since she started to lose her baby teeth and become more interested in screen time, her motivation and time commitment to brushing her teeth has become less and less. I am tired of nagging and checking twice daily that it’s done correctly and making her go back to do it again properly.
I had never heard of Playbrush before being offered their product to try, but to be honest anything that gets Miss A interested in cleaning her teeth properly is worth a try. Playbrush works by taking the base unit as seen above and adding a standard toothbrush. The unit syncs to a variety of apps which are free to download via IOS or Android via bluetooth.
When the brush is turned on and the game app is open, the timer starts to count down letting you know how long teeth have been brushed for and all the while the actions of the toothbrush are used to defeat monsters. Your toothbrush is the controller.
The concept intrigued Miss A as she was able to combine her love of screens with having to brush her teeth. I was hoping by focusing on the app, it would take the boredom away from brushing her teeth. I was a little concerned that she wasn’t brushing her teeth properly when she first started using the app, but actually when she did it properly, she scored higher scores than when she was trying to point the tooth brush in the right direction to defeat the monsters.
Via the app you can track the scores and how well the child has done with brushing different parts of the teeth as seen above. I liked this idea as I know where I need to be watching for the next time teeth need to be brushed.
As the Playbrush takes standard sized tooth brushes, then you only need one base unit for the family as you can interchange the tooth brush which I think is a great idea and saves money too.
The concept of Playbrush is a great one, and I am hoping it’s going to change the way we brush our teeth in this house in the future and make brushing teeth fun.